By Scott Carpenter

ISBN-10: 075466807X

ISBN-13: 9780754668077

In his engagingly written and unique e-book, Scott wood worker analyzes a number of manifestations of the fake in nineteenth-century France. less than Carpenter's thorough and systematic research, fraudulence emerges as a cultural preoccupation in nineteenth-century literature and society, no matter if or not it's within the type of literary mystifications, the thematic portrayal of frauds, or the privileging of falseness as a cultured precept. Focusing fairly at the aesthetics of fraudulence in works by way of Mérimée, Balzac, Baudelaire, Vidocq, Sand, and others, wood worker locations those literary representations in the context of alternative cultural phenomena, akin to sketch, political historical past, and ceremonial occasions. As he highlights the exact courting among literary fiction and fraudulence, wood worker argues that falseness arises as a classy preoccupation in post-revolutionary France, the place it introduces a blurring of limits among hitherto discrete different types. This transgression of limitations demanding situations notions of authenticity and sincerity, different types that Romantic aesthetics championed at the start of the 19th century in France. Carpenter's learn makes an immense contribution to the cultural importance of mystification in nineteenth-century France and furthers our figuring out of French literature and cultural history.

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